Wednesday, March 22, 2017

F&W Suggests Removing Bird Feeders April 1st


The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department says warm spring weather and melting snows will cause bears to come out of their winter dens in search of food. The department recommends taking down bird feeders on April 1 to avoid attracting them. 

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Hammond Cove Shooting Range Opening April 1


The Hammond Cove Shooting Range in Hartland, Vermont will be re-opening for the season on Saturday, April 1 at 10:00 a.m. 

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

VT Fish & Wildlife Offers Free Fishing Clinics


The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department will be hosting a series of free fishing clinics this spring and summer, including four specialized courses focused on specific tactics and species of fish. 

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Understanding The S-13 Regulation — Why Waters With Illegal Introductions Of Bass Have No Size Or Bag Limit On Bass


Part of the recent Fishing Laws booklet simplification process included multiple reviews by staff biologists to ensure major errors were not included in the final product.   While going through one edition of the booklet I chose to focus on the S-13 special regulation.   This special regulation allows unlimited harvest of largemouth and smallmouth bass with no minimum length limit and is generally placed on waters where bass have been introduced illegally, particularly in waters managed for salmonids.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Free Fly-Tying Workshops Kick Off Next Week


The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced today a series of free fly-tying workshops, beginning next week, at public libraries in Middletown, Little Compton and Portsmouth. The classes, designed for beginning and intermediate fly-tiers ages 10 and older, will cover techniques for both freshwater and saltwater fishing and will culminate in fishing events to be scheduled this spring.

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Reminder - Report Wild Turkey Sightings through March 31


Wildlife watchers are reminded to report their winter wild turkey sightings.  A link to the survey is published at www.wildnh.com/surveys/turkey.html.  The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Wild Turkey Flock Survey is open through March 31.

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VT F&W Seeks Let’s Go Fishing Program Instructors


The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is seeking volunteers who would like to become ‘Let’s Go Fishing’ instructors so they can pass on Vermont’s fishing tradition to the next generation of Vermonters. 

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Registration Opens April 1 for Summer Youth Programs at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center


Free youth day programs are being offered once again this summer at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness. These programs give both boys and girls ages 10-15 the chance to learn about shooting sports, bowhunting and other outdoor skills. Sessions will be offered in July and August.  Owl Brook is operated by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. Sessions are free of charge.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Great Bay Discovery Center Seeks Exhibit Room Volunteers


The Great Bay Discovery Center is holding its annual exhibit room training for volunteers on April 14. The training runs from 9:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. and is for anyone who is interested in staffing the exhibit room in the Discovery Center.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Habitat Improvement Work At Jamies Pond Concludes For The Season, Grouse and Deer Habitat Improved


Habitat work at Jamies Pond began in August of 2016 and is now concluding for the season in anticipation of spring breakup.  The Department has created 14 grouse blocks totaling approximately 18 acres, enhanced deer wintering area habitat, and performed a light selection harvest around mast bearing species such as red oak, American beech and apple trees to provide more growing space for their crowns. As of the end of the winter of 2017, work covering approximately 75% of the 800 upland acres at Jamies Pond has been accomplished.

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Volunteers Needed to Help Create Habitat for New England Cottontails


The N.H. Fish and Game Department and UNH Cooperative Extension are seeking volunteers to help restore the habitat of the endangered New England cottontail rabbit. At Bellamy River Wildlife Management Area in Dover, volunteers will plant native shrubs that rabbits use for shelter.

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Partners Begin Preparations For Fish Study In Lower Blackstone River Today


The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM), along with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will begin preparations for a study of anadromous river herring in the Blackstone River today. The telemetry study, which will track fish movement and provide detailed information on their behavior, will inform the design of future fish passage.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

DEM Offers Saltwater Fishing Licenses, Information On Boating Safety At New England Saltwater Fishing Show This Weekend


The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management's Divisions of Law Enforcement and Fish & Wildlife will be at this weekend's New England Saltwater Fishing Show (Booth 114 and 115), offering saltwater fishing licenses and information on boating safety and education courses.

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Lake Champlain Muskie Catches Point to Restoration Progress


A series of recent muskellunge catches by anglers ice fishing on northern Lake Champlain have provided fisheries biologists from Vermont Fish & Wildlife with added confirmation that muskie stocking and restoration efforts in Missisquoi Bay and the Missisquoi River are proving successful. 

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Turkey Hunting Seminars, April 1 & 2


The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is hosting two free turkey hunting seminars this spring – one on Saturday, April 1, the other on Sunday, April 2.

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Fish & Wildlife Biologist to Discuss How to Improve Wildlife Habitat for Landowners



Biologist Dave Adams with the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department will give a presentation on improving wildlife habitat on private lands on Thursday, March 9, 2017. The talk will be held at 6:00 p.m. at the Montgomery Public Safety Building Meeting Room in Montgomery, Vt. The presentation is free and open to the public. 

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Nautic-Sport: Power Source


As a sportsman, we still carry along some of our electronics into the field for capturing what we are doing, or for precautionary measures for getting us back home safely. Many times, these items will be drained of their power as they are constantly trying to get or keep a signal, rendering the usability if the need arises.

So how do we keep these items powered up while in the field? There is a product that was developed with the sportsman in mind just for these cases, Nautic-Sport, came out with an item called the Sportsman Emergency Power Source.

This rechargeable pack, allows you to keep your electronics powered, in the event that they are drained during your time in the field or on the water. While at home, you plug this unit into the wall and charge it to its full capacity.

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Waterfowl Season Meeting Set for March 22, 2017


The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will hold a public meeting on proposed season dates and bag limits for the 2017-2018 waterfowl hunting season on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at 6:00 p.m., at the N.H. Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive in Concord, N.H. Comments made at the meeting will be considered in finalizing New Hampshire’s 2017-2018 waterfowl season dates. If you cannot attend the meeting but would like to provide comments please email them to comments@wildlife.nh.gov and enter “waterfowl season setting” in the subject line.  Written comments will be accepted and considered up until March 29, 2017.

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Portions Of RI Sound And Lower Narragansett Bay And Sakonnet River Closed To Shellfishing


The Rhode Island Departments of Environmental Management (DEM) and Health (RIDOH) today announced that areas of Rhode Island Sound, lower Narragansett Bay south of the Newport Pell and Jamestown Verrazzano Bridges, and lower Sakonnet River will be closed to shellfish harvesting beginning at sunrise on Wednesday, March 1, until further notice. The closure is due to a confirmed harmful algae bloom (HAB) caused by the phytoplankton, Pseudo-nitzschia spp. The closures exclude carnivorous snails, such as whelk and moon snails.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Fishing Report February 22 2017 MN


With the abnormal winter continuing on, ice definitely has been taking a beating and the fish will be migrating to their spring locations. Fish have still been holding to their deep water patterns and once the school is found, numbers can be caught. Fishing 35 FOW, the crappie were holding at the 25-30 foot range. With these depths, utilizing tungsten jigs is key for getting back to the deep water fish quickly before they move on.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Two Record Fish Caught in Vermont in 2016


Vermont Fish & Wildlife today announced that two fish caught in 2016 have been certified as new state records, marking the 14th and 15th state records that have been set for individual species of fish since 2010. 

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Ice Safety Awareness Urged as School Vacation Weeks Get Underway


With the start of Massachusetts and New Hampshire school vacations over the next two weeks, thousands of snowmobilers, ice anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts will be recreating in the Granite State.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Free Fishing Weekend Approaches


The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is reminding everyone to take advantage of the upcoming free fishing weekend.

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Proposed Number of Permits for 2017 NH Moose Hunt Announced


The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department has proposed to reduce statewide moose hunt permit issuance from 71 in 2016 to 51 in 2017. The initial proposal was approved by the Fish and Game Commission at its February meeting. This begins the state’s rulemaking process, which will include development of a rule-making notice, scheduling of public hearings, and the opportunity to submit written comments. Hearing dates will be announced as soon as they become available.

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A Reminder to Remove Ice Shanties


Vermont state law requires that ice fishing shanties be removed from the ice before the ice weakens, according the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Apply Now For The 2017 Maine Moose Lottery


Hunters who dream about the hunt of a lifetime will be happy to know that the 2017 Maine moose permit lottery application process is now open.

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Introductory Ice Fishing Course Offered in Lancaster


Interested in learning how to ice fish? Then register for a free ice fishing program with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Let’s Go Fishing program. This program is being offered on Saturday, February 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the North Country Resource Center, 629 Main Street, Lancaster, NH.  This program is jointly sponsored by the NH Fish and Game Department and UNH Cooperative Extension 4-H.

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Moose Fatalities Can Take Many Different Forms in the Maine Woods


The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) recently entered its 4th year of a moose mortality study in western Maine (west of Moosehead Lake).  This study aims at improving our understanding of mortality factors, mortality rates, calf survival and recruitment, just to name a few.  To gain this understanding, moose are equipped with a radio collar that communicates information to wildlife biologists via satellites.  Our findings thus far have been interesting and intriguing, and on December 18, 2016, that was especially the case.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

For A New Generation, Are These The Good Old Days Of Deer Hunting?


I grew up in southern Maine in the 1960s. Nobody in my immediate family hunted. That said, my father grew up in Depression-era Arkansas and Oklahoma and hunted small game to help put food on the table. Later, with the exception of ports of call in foreign countries during WWll, he never again picked up a gun until I was 11 years old. I became interested in learning to shoot a gun, so after completing a hunter safety course at the Windham Rod and Gun Club, he started me with squirrels down back of the house in Gorham. This soon followed with deer hunting in the Kezar Falls area, 25 miles west of Portland.

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DEEP Selects Winning Photo for Cover of Annual Angler’s Guide - Avid Avon Angler


Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has selected a photo of Derek Angel, of Avon, for the cover of the 2017 Connecticut Angler’s Guide.  In the photo, Angel is shown holding a Bluefish, which he caught while fly-fishing at Silver Sands State Park, Milford. 

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DEM Invites Rhode Islanders To Explore The Outdoors During February School Vacation Week


The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is hosting a series of events throughout February school vacation week to encourage families to get outdoors and explore Rhode Island. Opportunities include guided hikes, seal and birdwatching, and a visit to a trout hatchery. The program is part of the State's broader efforts to promote outdoor recreation and healthier lifestyles among Rhode Islanders.

Wildlife Violator Compact Helps Deter Poachers


Anyone thinking of violating Vermont’s fish and wildlife laws needs to keep in mind that they cannot just hunt, fish or trap in another state if their licenses are revoked here. Vermont is one of 45 states belonging to the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact (IWVC), which recognizes fish and wildlife related license suspensions of member states. 

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

2017 Camp North Woods Lottery Now Open


Camp North Woods is back for another great summer of learning in the Maine outdoors! The Department created Camp North Woods in 2015 to provide opportunities for youth and their families to learn lifelong outdoor skills as well as the importance of sustaining Maine’s natural resources.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Ice Safety comes first


Many areas across the ice belt have been experiencing very abnormal warming lately and that has jeopardized the conditions of the ice. With that being said, many are still ice fishing and the need of “ice safety” needs to be reminded about again.

By taking precautions and having the right safety equipment with you, is key to having an enjoyable day on the ice. Common sense and being aware of your surroundings, is always vital any time that you step foot onto the ice.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Maine Moose Permit Auction Raises Over $133,000 for Scholarships


Over $133,000 was raised for youth conservation education scholarships in Maine through the 2016 Maine Moose Permit Auction. Ten hunters bid a total of over $133,000 in an auction for the opportunity to hunt moose in Maine during the 2016 season.

Tri-State Reciprocity Weekend Wrap Up


Thousands of snowmobilers from Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire and beyond descended upon the trails of the North Country to enjoy the Tri-State Reciprocal Snowmobile Weekend (January 27-29), which allows snowmobiles legally registered in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont to operate on trails in all three states.

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Fish & Wildlife Urges Extra Caution on the Ice


Anyone venturing onto the ice for ice fishing or other activities is urged to exercise extra caution by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. 

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Migratory Bird Hunting Season Regulations Meeting at DEEP Marine Headquarters in Old Lyme


Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced that the Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations Meeting will be held Friday, March 31, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the rear conference room at the DEEP Marine Headquarters, 333 Ferry Road, Old Lyme.

Upper Bay Conditional Shellfish Area B Reopens Tomorrow


The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced today that Conditional Area B in Upper Narragansett Bay will reopen to shellfish harvesting at sunrise tomorrow, Saturday, January 28; the opening comes four days earlier than anticipated.

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Connecticut Conservation Education/Firearms Safety Program


Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced a series of hunting seminars coordinated by the DEEP’s Conservation Education/Firearms Safety (CE/FS) Program. These seminars are free and open to the public.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

2017 NH Moose Hunt Lottery Opens


New Hampshire's 2017 moose hunt lottery is now open. Enter today to try your luck on the adventure of a lifetime -- hunting moose in the rugged woods of the Granite State.  Entering the lottery costs $15 for New Hampshire residents and $25 for nonresidents.

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Special Snow Goose Harvest Opportunity


Vermont’s spring snow goose hunt will be held from March 11 through April 28. 

Since 2009, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has annually issued a “Conservation Order” to allow the reduction of the population of migrating greater and lesser snow geese as well as Ross’ geese. The numbers of these geese have grown so high that they are destroying habitat for themselves and other species. 

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Ice Fishing Report January 22 2017 New Hampshire


With our unbelievably warm winter that we have been having, we still have yet to be able to ice fish locally. So this past weekend found us driving 2 hours north for finding good ice once again, there definitely is a line from where the ice isn’t safe to having no issues for ice thickness.

As with many of the lakes that we fish, we have favorite areas that typically hold the fish we are looking for but at the same time, we want to learn more about every body of water that we fish. So we typically will pick a different area to fish and if it doesn’t produce like we feel it should, then we may move to those more proven areas.

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Moose Plates Help Fish and Wildlife


When you register your vehicle this year, show your support for New Hampshire’s wildlife and wild places by buying a New Hampshire Conservation License Plate, or “Moose Plate.”

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Let's Go Fishing! Free Winter Ice Fishing Programs Offered


The temperatures are dropping, and lakes and ponds have formed some great ice this year. Now that the holidays are over, why not get outside and enjoy the New Hampshire winter by learning how to go ice fishing? The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Let’s Go Fishing Program is offering free ice fishing classes at many locations around the state this winter. These classes are designed for beginners and are geared toward families who are new to ice fishing.

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Friday, January 20, 2017

NH Fishing Report - January 19, 2017


Welcome to a special "mid-January" edition of the New Hampshire Fishing Report.  Ice conditions have been up and down along with the crazy winter weather this year but overall much better ice conditions exist compared to last year’s winter at this time.  Most shallower bass, panfish, and pickerel ponds appear to be "locked up" but deeper portions of our lake trout lakes are open or still have thin ice.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

NH Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Courses on Tap for 2017


New Hampshire’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program (BOW) is offering an exciting lineup of courses in 2017 for women interested in learning outdoor skills. Application forms and brochures are published at www.nhbow.com when each registration opens. Sign up as soon as possible after registration opens, as these courses fill quickly.

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Waterfowl Hunting Blinds Must Be Removed


Waterfowl hunters who did not remove their hunting blinds from the waters of the state earlier must do so before February 15 on Lake Champlain or May 15 on inland waters according to a reminder from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. 

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Hunter Access Seminar Offered to VT Landowners


The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is holding a free seminar for landowners interested in learning more about hunting, wildlife management, and conservation. The seminar is co-hosted by the nonprofit Vermont Coverts.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Volunteers Needed for Winter Cottontail Rabbit Surveys


This winter, wildlife biologists need help from citizen science volunteers to conduct surveys for Eastern cottontail rabbits in southern New Hampshire. On February 18, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to noon in Newington, UNH Cooperative Extension and New Hampshire Fish and Game will train volunteers to collect pellets from Eastern cottontail rabbits, a known threat to the state-endangered New England cottontail. Winter is the best time to survey for cottontail rabbits, because they leave telltale signs (pellets) in the snow, making it possible to locate and sample for different species.

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